Bosch Combi-Drills - a Toolstop Buying Guide

We love helping you guys out decide which power tools are best for the jobs you need to do each day. Buying new power tools is always an investment, so we want you to know what you're getting for your hard-earned cash.

We're covering 3 combi-drills in Bosch's blue professional stable, we'll take you through each one, giving you the spec, the special features and who each drill is ideal for.

Bosch GSB18-2-LI 18V Cordless Combi Drill - click to buy

This combi-drill, referred to as part of the "Light Series" is all about ergonomics. There's a compromise in power, but that transfers over onto the size and weight of the drill thanks to its small diameter motor.

If you're a plumber or electrician and need a combi-drill that won't tire your arms or shoulders out when working overhead throughout the day, or in tight spaces, then this is well worth a look.

Bosch GSB 18-2-Li 18v Features
1.5 kg for perfect handling and low-fatigue working
Torque, max. (hard screwdriving applications) 45 Nm
Torque, max. (soft screwdriving applications) 19 Nm
2-speed planetary gearbox for powerful screwdriving and drilling applications
Max. impact rate 21.000 rpm
Very short design (only 204 mm) and ergonomically shaped handle
Torque settings 15+1
Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP): protects the battery against overload, overheating and total discharge
Max. drilling diameter in wood 29 mm
Max. drilling diameter in steel 10 mm
Max. drilling diameter in masonry 10 mm
Max. screw diameter 8 mm

Bosch GSB18V-LI 18V Dynamic Series Cordless Combi Drill - click to buy

The Dynmamic Series combi-drill has a beefier motor, Bosch's new 4-pole version. This provides you with grunt and over-all reliability, which is what you expect and want from a quality combi-drill.

The tool still offers great ergonomics, being - according to Bosch - the shortest head length in class at a diminutive 195mm.

The weight, with the battery fitted, is only 1.9kg, so again it's a great combi-drill for working at above shoulder height.

A great feature of this combi-drill is that it now comes with 4Ah CoolPack batteries which Bosch is claiming will over your up to 60% longer run-time per charge.

Bosch GSB 18v-Li 18v Features
13-mm Auto-Lock drill chuck
No-load speed 1st gear: 0-500 per minute
No-load speed 2nd gear: 0-1,700 per minute
Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP)
Impact rate: 0-25,500 per minute
The shortest 18 volt long-distance runner with impact drilling function
Max Torque hard /soft joint: 67/28 Nm
Max. drilling diameter in wood: 35 mm
Max. drilling diameter in steel: 13 mm
Max. drilling diameter in masonry: 13 mm
Motor brake for precise work when driving rows of screws

Bosch GSB18VE-2-LI 18V Li-Ion RobustSeries Combi Drill - click to buy

This is Bosch's top of the range combi-drill and here's why; maximum torque of 85Nm, capable of drilling 14mm into masonry, and able to withstand a drop of 2m onto concrete.

As above, this is now shipped with the 4Ah CoolPack batteries that'll protect your tool while you work.

Basically this combi-drill is a great tool for heavy duty work, but - and we've had this confirmed (click here) - it doesn't compromise on weight.

Bosch BSB 18VE-2-Li 18v Features
85 Nm for the toughest screwdriving and drilling applications in wood and metal, and impact drilling applications in masonry up to 14 mm
Torque, max. (hard screwdriving applications): 85 Nm
Torque, max. (soft screwdriving applications): 38 Nm
Extremely compact: very short head length (only 228 mm) for perfect handling
Max. impact rate: 27,000 bpm
Extremely robust: fully functional, even after falling 2 m onto concrete, due to flexible Dura Shield housing
Torque settings: 25+1
Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP)
Electronic Motor Protection (EMP)
Max. drilling diameter in wood: 45mm
Max. drilling diameter in steel: 13mm
Max. drilling diameter in masonry: 16mm

We asked Eric from Bosch to walk you through the range of combi-drill, as described above, you can see our video on Toolstop TV (click here).

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